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Now He Belongs to the Ages

Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth President of the United States and led the country through four years of civil war, before being assassinated while watching a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Born in Kentucky, Lincoln spent most of his adult life in Illinois. He was a self-educated lawyer and the first U.S. president from the Republican Party. Oak Ridge Cemetery is the second-most visited cemetery in the United States, and its 365 acres are the final resting place for over 75,000 dead.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Lincoln’s funeral train, draped in black crepe, took three weeks to get from Washington, DC to Springfield, since it stopped in many Northern cities to accommodate throngs of mourners.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

6 replies on “Now He Belongs to the Ages”

I did most of my schooling in Central IL so I was thoroughly indoctrinated in the Lincoln religion. I still lionized him into my 20s when I read a comprehensive biography on the man (Lincoln by ???). It was very revealing. I came away with the distinct impression that had any modern president tried a tenth of the abuses of power Lincoln did then they would be run out on a rail but he was controlling the press by imprisoning critics so…

His prosecution of the war in which more than half a million would die for the preservation of a political institution that had not even stood a century (Lincoln himself said the war was not about slavery) led me to nickname him Abe the Butcher. His draft in which you could purchase a substitute (why do they always send the poor?) and his personal visits to the Naval Observatory to encourage the newest and deadliest weapons of the time sealed his image for me. A few years ago I read American Brutus about the assassination while sitting in jail for owing money to an attorney (I filed a Petition for Writ of Habeus Corpus, the Great Writ that Lincoln had suspended) and came away with a much better understanding of the conspirators.


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